Laois, May 2014.
Bealtaine is Ireland's national festival which uniquely celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. The festival is run by Age & Opportunity, the national organisation that promotes active and engaged living as we get older.
From my artist studio at the Arthouse I demonstrated the paper making and drawing workshop.
Saturday Library Workshops,
I was invited to facilitate a series of Paper Making Workshops for children at Mountmellick Library. The
series of workshops covered how to make their own paper from rubbish and recycled materials to pulp
In collaboration with Culture Night and the Stradbally Arthouse,
as a resident artist I facilitated a creative workshop in celebration of
Culture night 2014. The workshop was open to families or individuals of all ages using recycled materials to create fun pieces of art.
Culture night / Oíche Chultúir is an annual, all-island public event that
celebrates culture, creativity and the arts.
On Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir, arts and cultural organisations
and venues of all shapes and sizes, from independent studios and art-spaces to national cultural institutions, extend their opening hours to allow
increased access for the public. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and, thanks to the
continued support of the Arts Council and local authorities across the island of Ireland, all activities are made available to the public free of charge.
Colouring Competition & Drawing Workshops,
Mountmellick Library, November 2014.
I collaborated with Mountmellick Library in hosting a range of
drawing workshops for local primary school pupils who participated in the colouring competition on display in the Library Gallery for the month of November!
I also had the honour of picking a winners from each talented class!
Old Quarter Fort Festival,
I had the pleasure of facilitating an free art workshop for kids this year at The Old Fort Quarter Festival.
The Old Fort Quarter Festival celebrates the history and heritage of Portlaoise with music, food and family entertainment in one unforgettable weekend. The 3 day heritage festival is based in and around the walls of the Old Fort Protector, the first of its kind built in Ireland between 1547 and 1548 during the tenure of Bellingham, Lord Justice of Ireland.
Old Quarter Fort Festival,
As part of the free daytime entertainment for all the family I
facilitated an art workshop at the Old Quarter Fort Festival.
This year we took inspiration for the Fort itself and recreated our own marbled medieval castles!
Classic Books Literacy Project,
I had a wonderful opportunity to work with Laois Libraries on the Classic Book Literacy project. It was a collaborative project with local schools propositioning them to read some classic novels. Once they had completed their classic novel,
at their local libraries (Mountrath, Durrow, & Portarlington) each class
would join me in an art workshop where we made the characters and stories
from their novels come to life.
The novels explored were The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The
Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge, Five Children and it by Edith Nesbit
and The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.
Exposing the students to some of the more classic novels available in the
Library and pairing it up with an art making experience of each tale aimed to encourage young readers to rediscover the gems of classic literature.
This year in collaboration with the Bealtaine Festival in Laois,
I facilitated a variety of workshops over
Laois Libraries which included Paper making, pulp painting,
Mosaics Art, Silk Fibre Paper making,
Drawing and Watercolour classes.
Cruinniú na nÓg,
Art Classes with Caroline Keane were invited to facilitate an art workshop in celebration of Cruinniú na nÓg as it launches this year.
Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s
Creative Youth plan to enable the creative potential of children and young
people. Ireland is the first, and only, country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18.
Old Quarter Fort Festival,
This years Old Fort Quarter Festival fell on the same weekend
as Cruinniú na nÓg - a national day of free creativity
for young people.
This year for our creative workshop we created
paper dragon puppets
with firey hot breath!
Intel celebrate 50 years of Innovation,
In collaboration with McE Events to celebrate
50 years of Innovation at Intel, I facilitated the creation and construction of a recycled sculpture with the workers of Intel. The piece was made from recycled plastic and a collection of old computer parts, staff were encouraged to play with and creatively place the
materials to create a collage of work.
The result was a robotic face which encapsulated the word Intel and
number 50 to mark the occasion.
#Tap into Ireland Visa Campaign,
For the #Tap into Ireland Visa Campaign which was promoted local
hidden gems across Ireland I had a fun filled experience
running an art class for some of Irelands Influencers:
Lisa Jordan, Niamh Cullen, RoB Kenny and Olympian Gary O’Donnavan
Dunamise Arts Centre Portlaoise.
Laois Bealtiane Festival,
Collaborating once again with one of my favourite Festivals it is such a
privilege to get the chance to meet so many interesting people.
The workshops this year were silk fibre, paper making, watercolours
for beginners and drawing for beginners held
across Loais Libraries.
Walking on Sunshine,
Marino Institute of Technology, July 2019.
For this summer CPD course at Marino Institute of Education I was one of the facilitators. This unique course was co-designed and
presented by a professional learning community of primary teachers and teaching artists who are deeply interested in progressing visual arts
in the primary school.
For the segment I facilitated we explored an assortment of visual arts responses to summertime artworks.
I had the privilege of meeting a curious group of educators, showing them the process of paper making and pulp painting while also examining
the textures of watercolour paints.
Laois Connects – Mindfulness Art Workshops,
Laois Libraries, October 2019.
I had the pleasure of running mindfulness colouring workshop across Laois Libraires, in collaboration with Laois Connects 2019 programme which is promoting the importance of health and wellbeing.
Timahoe Foróige Club Mural,
With Local Creative Youth Partnership, Loetb and
in collaboration with young creatives of Timahoe Foróige Club,
I facilitated the design and completion of a mural
inside the space which the wonderful
local Timahoe Foróige Club.
Young creative Workshops,
Laois November, 2019.
Supported by Creative Ireland Laois, as part of the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Laois County Council 5th and 6th class children from Scoil Bhríd, Mountrath had the great opportunity
to work with professional curators, artists and Dunamaise Gallery
to take part in this new creative project.
Working together with Dunamaise and Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin - pupils selected work by established artists which is presented in an exciting new exhibition 'Our Choice Our World' at Dunamaise Arts Centre.
To expand the opportunity of learning about curation I collaborated with the Dunamaise Art Centre to design response workshops to the exhibition in the Gallery for other primary school classes in the local area.
We had wonderful classes from Holy Family Senior School discuss
the choice of artworks, critic the paintings from @kevinkavanaghgallery collection and redesign and curate the current exhibition in miniature form.
Laois Connects Mindfulness Colouring,
Laois Libraries, January 2020.
As part of Loais Connects, I was very grateful to facilitate mindfulness colouring art sessions again with Laois Libraries for both
young children and adults.